Chloé van Soeterstède is attracting the attention of orchestras across the globe for her intuitive, sensitive, expressive music-making and her charming and positive presence on the podium. In the 2019/20 season she makes many debuts across Europe with orchestras such as London’s Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony and Manchester’s new music ensemble Psappha, in her native France with several orchestras including the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National du Montpellier and Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and in Spain with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. Across these engagements she conducts a wide range of repertoire from Mozart and Mendelssohn through to Prokofiev, Vaughan Williams and Tchaikovsky.
In recent seasons van Soeterstède has made debuts with the Orchestre National de Lille conducting a new work by Benjamin Attahir Syrian Voices, the Aurora Orchestra conducting a new work by Anna Meredith at London’s King’s Place, with Southbank Sinfonia at London’s South Bank Centre and at the Bolzano Dance Festival with the Haydn Orchestra in a collaboration with the dance company Virgilio Sieni. She has also worked with the European Union Youth Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and North Cyprus Symphony Orchestra amongst others.
Van Soeterstède received the Third Prize at the 2019 Deutscher Diringentenpreis in Cologne, as well as the Bärenreiter Prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work. In the same year, Marin Alsop appointed her the Taki Concordia Fellow 2019-21 .
Van Soeterstède was born in 1988 in France. After studying viola at the Royal Academy of Music, she studied conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music (2015-2017) with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron where she was awarded the Kennedy scholarship and was also supported by the Derek Hill Foundation. In 2012 she founded the Arch Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra based in London, which has been applauded for its vibrant and boundless energy, its wide range of repertoire and its initiatives to build bridges between artists and audience. Van Soeterstède also works regularly with young musicians: she is currently the Principal Conductor of the Hertfordshire Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and has conducted orchestras such as the Hallé Youth Orchestra and the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain.